My mom’s made banana bread for as long as I can remember. I don’t like the fruit. At all. Theres just something about the texture that’s really off putting to me. I don’t care for the taste much either. However, I did always like my mom’s banana bread. Maybe it’s the walnuts she put in it… I sure do like nuts… haha, no pun intended. Anyway, I saw bananas at the store and thought, why not…
As, it turns out, my husband isn’t a fan of Banana Bread, but as I was baking it he said it smelled really good. Once I had him try it, warm with a little butter on top…he was sold. He really liked it. I could tell he wasn’t just saying it, cos he went for seconds and thirds and between the 2 of us, in no time at all half the loaf was gone.
Here’s my recipe for super moist, melt in your mouth Honey Walnut Banana Bread, a must try in my books! This one’s for you Mom.
Honey Walnut Banana Bread
3 Ripe/over ripe Bananas, mashed up
1/2 Cup butter (1 small stick)
1/2 cup Honey
1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 eggs (room temperature)
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking powder
1/3 tsp Cinnamon Powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup of Flour
1/2 cup Oats
1 cup Chopped Walnuts
- Preheat your oven to 350F. In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand up mixer, add the mashed bananas (over ripe
bananas are best, mine weren’t), a stick of butter, the honey, brown sugar, vanilla, eggs, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon powder and salt.
- Using the paddle attachment on medium speed, mix all the ingredients together, till it’s all combined. Don’t worry too much if there are a few banana lumps here and there.
- Add the flour and oats and barely mix it to come together. Infact you can just hand mix it.
- Add 3/4 cup of the chopped walnuts and fold in with a spatula or wooden spoon. You really don’t want to over beat this batter once you add the flour and oats to it, that’s what keeps it moist and crumbly.
- Pour the batter into a loaf tin and sprinkle the left over nuts over the top.
- Bake at 350F for 40-45 minutes. Check with a tooth pick to see if the bread is done. If the toothpick comes out clean after poking it through the center of the cake, it’s done.
Tip: You’ll probably notice the egdes and bottom, brown fairly quickly, but if you’d like to see more color on the top of the bread, turn off the oven after it’s done and switch it to the broiler on high for a few minutes (maybe just 2-3 minutes), till the top is a nice golden. Keep a close eye on it!
- Take the cake out and let it cool for a few minutes, but you have to try a slice while it’s still warm….and you have to try it with a little butter….mmmmmm it just melts in your mouth! It’s soooo good.